Dayton Ohio has addressed their homeless issue by developing supportive housing called River Commons that engages the entire community in developing the needed services.
Sometimes people look at homelessness as something that will always be with us just like always having the poor among us. The Great Society's "War on Poverty" is looked at as a failure. But those efforts created many of the programs that provided a path to economic independence for millions of individuals.Some examples are Job Corps, whose purpose was to help disadvantaged youth develop marketable skills; the Neighborhood Youth Corps, established to give poor urban youths work experience and to encourage them to stay in school; Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), a domestic version of the Peace Corps, which placed concerned citizens with community-based agencies to work towards empowerment of the poor; the Model Cities Program for urban redevelopment; Upward Bound, which assisted poor high school students entering college; legal services for the poor; the Food Stamps program; the Community Action Program, which initiated local Community Action Agencies charged with helping the poor become self-sufficient; and Project Head Start, which offered preschool education for poor children.
Is homelessness inevitable? That question is up to every community to answer for itself. For a committed community the answer can be "no." Easy way to answer this question today is to donate to fellow blogger Tom Coale's effort to raise $3,000 for Grassroots.